|Harris Teeter presents $5,000 to 10 local schools Feb. 23. [Tara Rethore]|
The store’s customer service manager, Michael Donnelly, won the Cash4Life lottery drawing in January. He opted for a $7 million cash payout (before taxes). The store received a $50,000 incentive payment from the Virginia Lottery for selling the winning ticket.
Store Manager Jennifer Munoz presented a check for $5,000 Feb. 23 to these 10 schools: Columbia Elementary School, Belvedere Elementary, Glasgow Middle School, JEB Stuart High School, and Queen of Apostles School in Fairfax County and Barrett, Randolph, and Tuckahoe elementary schools, Kenmore Middle School, and Washington-Lee High School in Arlington.
“For the Glasgow Middle School PTA, this award is equivalent to one-third of our total budget. So, that money will make a big difference for our community,” says PTA President Tara Rethore. “And how fun: We literally won the lottery!”
Rethore plans to engage the community at the March 3 PTA meeting on how to spend this windfall. The PTA bylaws require a membership vote on allocating such a significant dollar amount that’s not already accounted for in the budget. Some ideas floating around include an expansion of the PTA’s new grants program for teachers, a community-building program of fun and learning for the whole family, and an educational program for families and students.
“Harris Teeter is proud to reinforce its commitment to education by donating its incentive payment to these schools,” said Harris Teeter spokesperson Danna Robinson. “We are always excited by this opportunity as it allows us to continue to show our commitment to the community and schools by donating the money back to our Together in Education partners.”
The Together in Education program provides funds to schools from customers’ purchases. Customers can register online and choose up to five school to support. A percentage of the prices of items from the store’s pharmacy and HT brands (including HT Traders, Farmers Market, and Harris Teeter Organics) will benefit those schools.
The schools awarded with lottery funds were selected on the basis of how many people linked their VIC cards to those schools. Randolph Elementary School is the third top Together in Education earner for 2015-16. Other schools closer to the Barcroft Plaza Harris Teeter, like Parklawn and Sleepy Hollow, might want to encourage parents to get involved in that program.